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Wednesday 30 August 2017

The menswear guide to the new season

THE MENSWEAR GUIDE TO THE NEW SEASON

When it comes to investment pieces, autumn is often a goldmine (not least because here in Britain we'll be wearing our new coats and jumpers for the majority of the following year…). And yet this season really does stand out with a crop of new-to-selfridges.com brands, unforgettable sartorial statements and timeless styles you'll love for seasons to come. Invest now, love for ever.

When it comes to investment pieces, autumn is often a goldmine (not least because here in Britain we'll be wearing our new coats and jumpers for the majority of the following year…). And yet this season really does stand out with a crop of new-to-selfridges.com brands, unforgettable sartorial statements and timeless styles you'll love for seasons to come. Invest now, love for ever.

Dries Van Noten - coat / Stella McCartney - cardigan / J.W. Anderson – jumper / Jil Sander - jogging bottoms / Gucci - shoes
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Be a soft touch

Texture, texture, texture: it's what the winter season is all about. From stroke-me-now suede to chunky waffle knits and wool trousers, we say pile it on and layer it up. The second menswear collection from Stella McCartney is your go-to here, with a collection that epitomises the eccentric British bohemian (think David Hockney dressing for a walk across the Yorkshire Pennines). Chunky, luxurious and cosy - this is how to do winter right.

Vetements - hoody and jacket
Vetements - hoody and coat / Ann Demeulemeester - trousers / Balenciaga - boots (coming soon)
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Rewrite the rulebook

Vetements continues to shake up the fashion world with its rejection of traditional catwalk shows, nondescript models and tried-and-tested uniforms. There's something fresh, daring and irreverent about the brand – the sartorial equivalent of a grumpy teenager, making its elders sit up and rethink the rules. This season Vetements literally rips up (and then stitches back together) the concept of branding, with a collection full of smart sweats and tongue-in-cheek tourist merch.

Wales Bonner - jacket / Junya Watanabe - jeans
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Dare with denim

Bolder, wider, more detailed: this season's denim isn't just a palatable side course – it's a lip-smacking main event. Forget everything you thought you knew about your ‘perfect fit' and dare to try out high-waisted, wide-leg styles, distressed denim shirts and printed denim jackets for a weekend look that takes your trusty blues into uncharted territory.

Balenciaga - jacket / Calvin Klein - top (coming soon) / Wales Bonner - shirt / J.W. Anderson - trousers
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Make it a duvet day

What men's coats to go for this winter? The extraordinary line-up of voluminous styles puts the padded jacket top of our list. Whether you go for iconic designs from the likes of Moncler and Canada Goose, or delve into runway reworkings from Balenciaga or Junya Watanabe x The North Face (our favourite collaboration of the season) – these are coats that will make every day a duvet day when the cold weather hits.

Marni - jumper / Dries Van Noten - trousers
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Meet the minimal marvels

While we all love a great wardrobe staple, there's rarely a sense of trembling anticipation when we're on the search for the perfect white shirt or wear-with-anything jeans. That's why this season we're turning our eyes to the brands that are giving the classics a twist – from Marni's smart shirt and jumper hybrids to Loewe's extreme turn-up jeans and Jil Sander's clean-cut yet characterful tailoring. This is clothing that's not just easy to wear, but striking too.

Gucci - jacket / Marni - shirt / Loewe - trousers
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Be a showman

But what if minimalism just isn't your thing? Well, worry not fellow fashion peacocks - this season has many opportunities for you to revel in the frivolous (and yes, a little bit fabulous) side of fashion. From sheening metallics to brazen branding, this is fashion to make you smile right through the upcoming party season. See you on the dance floor!